Friday, August 3, 2012

Finding The Elusive B12 - New Product Alert!

B vitamins are essential to avoid anemia, fatigue, and depression. Most young vegans can go for a long period of time before any deficiency symptoms show because the body is able to store large amounts in the liver which can last for a long time. If you hope to be a vegan for years to come, finding a good source of vitamin B12 is important. The problem is that B12 can only be manufactured by bacteria which is found in fish, meats, and dairy. Clams are a rich source of B12.

One of my favorite companies, Bragg, in Santa Barbara, California has produced a product called Nutritional Yeast Seasoning which contains a substantial amount of B12. If you've ever tasted Smart Food popcorn, it is made with Brewers Yeast and has that cheesy flavor. Braggs new seasoning has a similar flavor. I've tried it on popcorn, but also on vegetables and even in a casserole. You can give your salads and vegetables that hearty nutty flavor. It's around $6.00 a shaker.

Many nutritionists recommend that you eat food that is supplemented or take supplements that are "fortified" with vitamin B12. The problem is that I can't find the source of the supplementation on the labels. If I am going to take a pill or eat a cereal that is fortified with an animal product, I'd eat the animal himself, now wouldn't I? This product is a winner. A big thumbs up to Braggs, once again. Their products are a source of Amino Acid supplementation for my family too.

One tablespoon of Bragg's Nutritional Yeast Seasoning provides 40% of the RDA of vitamin B12. Score! Use it anywhere that you would use salt or cheese like the veggies for your tacos, pasta dishes, veggie casseroles, and I love it on popcorn.

Bragg's website offers a video about this product. I give it a thumbs up!

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